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Stopping
the Leak

You don't have to live with incontinence.
Here's what you can do
BY CAROLYN TREMBLAY, PT, DPT, CLT

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Not every symptom points to the same
cause, so a thorough and detailed health
history, as well as medication list, can
be useful in identifying the cause and
help the therapist design the most effective therapy program.
After experiencing an illness or injury,
many people believe the new onset of
increased urinary frequency or urinary
incontinence or decreased bowel control is an unrelated symptom, and they
accept it.
In almost every case, however, pelvic floor physical therapy can provide
strategies for improving your condition as well as education on dietary and
lifestyle changes that can decrease the
impact these symptoms have on your
quality of life. In most cases, incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction can
be treated with minor lifestyle changes
and a personalized exercise program.
Regardless of your symptoms, pelvic floor physical therapy could be the
answer that you've been seeking. Speak
to your physician to request a referral
for an evaluation. ■

Carolyn Tremblay, PT, DPT, CLT, has been a
physical therapist with Parrish Medical Center
(PMC) for three years. She implemented the
pelvic floor physical therapy program at PMC.
She is also a certified lymphedema therapist
and treats all traditional physical therapyrelated conditions.

CALL

Get Help
for Urinary
Incontinence
There's no need to be embarrassed. Roughly 1 in 3 U.S.
women is affected by pelvic floor
disorders that can lead to urinary incontinence, pelvic organ
prolapse or discomfort. To see a
therapist with specialized training in pelvic health and pelvic
therapy, call 321-268-6181.

MAIN PHOTO BY GETTY IMAGES

elvic floor disorders are often
underdiagnosed, brushed
off as a part of aging or
accepted as a part of pregnancy and childbirth. Although these
factors contribute to the cause, they are
usually treatable.
Many people accept urine leakage
as a way of life. The truth is that while
incontinence is common, it is not normal. Symptoms may suddenly appear
after a major shift in health status, such
as an accident, an injury, surgery, an illness or treatment for cancer.
Most people think leaking happens
with laughing, coughing, sneezing or
exercising (all of this is called stress
incontinence). But there's more to it-
anytime even one drop of urine is lost,
for any reason, we define that as incontinence. There are varying degrees and
types of incontinence, which is why it is
so important to be honest about all symptoms with your physician or therapist.
Constipation, changes to bowel and
bladder habits and changes to intestinal
gas are important symptoms to discuss.



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